Management Team

  • Dr. Zosa Gruber (nee De Sas Kropiwnicki)

    Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber is a Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist at BCCIC. She has a doctorate in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford, as well as two Masters degrees in Political Science and Social Policy from Leeds University and Rhodes University, respectively. Zosa has […]

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    Rowen Siemens

    Communications Officer Rowen Siemens is the Communications Officer at the BC Council for International Cooperation, and she is grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples. Rowen has a Masters in Human Rights from the London […]

  • Orton Mak

    UX Designer & Web Developer Orton considers himself a jack of all trades but master of a few. Convinced that a degree in engineering would serve him well, he attended the University of British Columbia. Orton then spent two years in Asia, working as an English teacher and exploring the continent whenever possible, before engaging […]

  • Laurel Wayne-Nixon

    Officer Manager & Head of Partnership Development Laurel moved to Vancouver in the summer of 2018 to do an internship with BCCIC. She had spent the previous year in Norway, busy with the first year of her Masters in International Environmental Studies. Prior to moving abroad, Laurel lived in Victoria and attained a BA in […]

  • Antonia Schiller

      Intern, Research Antonia is a university student from Germany who made the long journey to Vancouver to complete a six month internship with BCCIC. Originally from Berlin, she moved to Marbug to study social science at Philipps-Universität Marburg. In her first semester, she joined Etudes Sans Frontieères – Studies Without Borders, an NGO dedicated […]

  • Jose Lamyin

    Jose is Managing Partner of Deetken Impact, a private asset management company focused on impact investing in emerging markets. Deetken Impact is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a certified B Corporation. The aim of Deetken Impact investments is to achieve strong, stable returns while creating meaningful positive social or environmental benefits for […]

  • Shirin Kiani

    Shirin has worked as a disability specialist in humanitarian aid and international development for the last 11 years, mainly with an NGO called ‘Humanity and Inclusion’ (previously called Handicap International) in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Haiti, Iraq, Laos and Syria. The focus of her work has been to ensure persons with injuries and […]

  • Amy Smith (Rauscher)

    Having a keen interest in international development from a young age, Amy completed her Bachelor of Commerce in International Business. After her undergraduate degree, she lived and worked abroad in Europe and Mexico. Returning to Canada, Amy completed her MBA with a specialization in International Affairs.    Amy’s personal goal is around empowerment and she […]